Mr. Free Market writes to inform me that he’s off to the North for a spot of bird shooting [jealous], and has laid in an adequate supply of the necessary, to whit:

Off-camera:  the case of Scotch.

Remember:  there’s no danger of Chinkvirus infection at a driven bird shoot, seeing as the shooters are spaced thirty-odd yards apart.

It’s the after-shoot activities that should give cause for concern… just not to me nor, it appears, to Mr. FM and his shooting buddies.


  1. I like that number 6 shot for birds, I did the pheasant tower shoot I found out that number 6 in 20 ga. will bring a pheasant down from a fairly long distance. For years I used 7 1/2 for our annual Dove Hunt until my son who also shot pheasants with me told me to switch to number 6 which brings birds down instead of ruffling a few feathers as they fly on off and of course with number 6 those longer shots are possible. We are 17 days out from out Abilene opening day Dove and due to the complications of Kung Fu Flue we will be down to less than half our normal guns in the field but we will be there for the 27th year.

  2. For a second there I thought it was “Famous Grouse” a brand of scotch that I am partial to.

    1. Me too on the Famous Grouse, a shooting buddy of mine who had a chance to do some Shooting Stuff in Scotland years ago told me that the Scots refer to Famous Grouse as the Low Bird Scotch Whisky, I guess that might be true.

      1. Famous Grouse is the most popular blended Scotch sold in Scotland. I prefer J&B myself, but I keep the Grouse on hand too, should a guest not want J&B.

        Assuming, of course, that nobody wants to drink single malt.

  3. “It’s the after-shoot activities that should give cause for concern”

    That’s what the Scotch is for. 🙂

    1. And the grouse. There’s going to be a good dinner afterwards, stoked with grouse cooked to perfection, fine Scotch, and the conversation encouraged by both of the above.

  4. I presume that most of those are for his friends as he will be hitting his targets with almost every shot.

    1. No; he does six drives per day, and visits five or six estates.

      But yes, he seldom misses except for the very high birds, where the 20ga runs out of steam a little at that distance/altitude.

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